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   Posted 12/4/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone have the mammatory testing, where you swallow the sips of water?
I know they dont sedate you for this. . . . . . . . .
How bad was it and how long did it take?
How was your experience?
I had a endoscopy with NO sedation, is it worse than that or no?

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   Posted 12/4/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having one next week, they said it'd take about 30 minutes. Here's a reply someone posted to one of my threads about their experience:

I have a strong gag reflex and am not looking forward to it :( However, my grandmother said she had a test that she thought sounded similar to this (I don't know if it was the exact same thing) and she said it wasn't bad so I'm hoping...
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   Posted 12/4/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Girl-geek and Motox.  Nice to see your posts.
No anesthesia except for local gel in your nose.  For prep if they are doing pH test you have to go off ppi and other acid reducers for a week or ten days, depending on your doc.
I had manometry and Bravo PH testing prior to fundoplication.  The problems you encounter with the testing totally depends on your gag reflex.  Mine is way past awful, so my experience was terrible.  But don't go by me!  Most people tolerate it reasonably well.
In manometry they run a very thin tube down your nose into your stomach.  They have you swallow a few sips of water to get the thing down.  In my worst case scenario I gagged and threw up uncontrollably the whole time (4 attempts) and the tube curled into my trachea.  So they had to put an endoscope down my nose, put a wire down that, took out the endoscope and thread the mano tube onto that and remove the wire.  I have never read another post that sounded so bad.
Usually they will do the pH test immediately following manometry.  Unless they are doing the old nose tube that stays in your nose 24 hours, that tube goes down your mouth and they pin a large capsule to your esophagus.  The capsule radios pH to a recorder on your belt.  Mine fell off after 24 hours, but usually they hang on for several days.  Most people don't feel anything, but I did and the procedure hurt and the capsule kept hurting until it fell off.  I was going to go to the ER and have it removed.  They wanted to redo the test because they felt they didn't have enough information, but I kept notes on my food log (I keep it for my allergies) and my doc accepted that and did the op anyway.  My pH never got above 2, which is awful.  My LES was wide open and I suffered horribly from the prep. 
Again, my reactions are not the usual!

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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Motox1027,
I also had an endoscopy without sedation, so I guess I can compare them to some extent.

I think the endoscopy is much more extreme, but it doesn't really ask anything of you other than helping to swallow the tube and not biting the fingers of your doctor! I'm sure you had a good nurse helping you breathe through the procedure and talking you through it.

A manometry is similar in that you'll have to do relaxation breathing, and help swallow the tube. You'll have a good nurse talking you through it as well. It's challenging in that you have to NOT swallow at times, when your natural instinct will be to swallow. They need to have a baseline non-swallow, and be sure that your swallowing muscles are at rest before you do the swallowing on demand. When I had it done, they gave me a spoonful of water under my tongue and told me to breathe and hold it there until they gave me the signal. If you can focus on your slow breathing, and think of a place that makes you feel peaceful, you'll be able to manage just fine. If you swallow in between, they have to wait that much longer and the entire procedure is lengthened.

Don't worry for a moment. If you could handle the endoscopy, you'll do just fine with the manometry.
Good luck!

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   Posted 12/4/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't told what it entailed so I was freaked!
I have a bad gag reflex so I felt like I was choking to death the whole time.
I really had to go to my happy place to get through it.
It eases up a little when they lay you back slightly.

Good luck.


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   Posted 12/7/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mine done before surgery. Thinking about it made me crazy. I'm here to tell you it is not as bad as you think it will be. Once the tube is in place there is some discomfort but very tolerable. I also have a very bad gag reflex and warned the nurse about it. She was GREAT, and talked me through the whole process and kept me calm. They kept telling me to take a single swallow, and somehow they kept telling me that was doing Ia double. The gave me a syringe to drink from and that fixed the issue. All in all it's not that bad and can give your Doc a lot of good info. Best of luck, we will be thinking about you. Shooz

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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i had this done twice no problems dont worry .its not pleasent and i was glad when it was over but its not the worse thing to have done i was sick but i had a great nurse doing it for me . dont worry you willmake it worse if you panic
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